Absence of thoracic osteophytosis in the area adjacent to the aorta: computed tomography demonstration

J Comput Assist Tomogr. 1978 Apr;2(2):173-5. doi: 10.1097/00004728-197804000-00009.


Computed tomography of the chest shows that right-sided unilateral thoracic osteophytosis is a common phenomenon. The cross-sectional images obtained appear to support the thesis that aortic pulsations have a preventive effect on the formation of left-sided osteophytes.

MeSH terms

  • Aorta, Thoracic / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Spinal Osteophytosis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Thoracic Vertebrae / diagnostic imaging*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*